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Dr. Patricia Andersen

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Counseling, Kinesiology & Special Education
Associate Professor (Counseling)

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Ferguson Hall 304B
Voice: (940) 397-4311
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  Semester Course # Section Course Name Location Days / Times
Details Fall 2012 Theories and Techniques I 10419 EDUC
Details Fall 2012 10420 180 Advanced Counseling Skills





Midwestern State University

Gordon T. & Ellen West College of Education



COUN  5283                                            TITLE: Advanced Counseling Skills

Professor:  Dr. Pat Andersen                    Office:  FE 106

Work phone:  237-4311                            Home phone: 766-2438






            The application of theoretical concepts and related techniques needed for skillful practice.



II.        TEXTBOOKS  


Based on your guiding orientation, choose at least one book written by a major theorist for a specific counseling theory. The books you choose to read must be approved by Dr. Andersen





A. Goal:


1. Counselors demonstrate knowledge describing individual human dynamics.


Objective: Students will be able to articulate the major concepts of recognized theories to their colleagues and to clients.


Corollary: Students will be able to define theoretical terms for professional use, including the state and national certification and licensing exams. 


2.  Students will be able to apply theoretical concepts with case conceptualizations that describe client dynamics and appropriate interventions to encourage change.


 Corollary: Students will keep notes of counseling sessions using the DAP system.


3. Students will be able to apply ethical standards to counseling interactions and to professional relationships.







B. Goal:


1. Counselors demonstrate professional skills promoting healing relationships where

    clients gain a sense of personal worth and self-efficacy in managing their reactions

    to life’s struggles.    


 Objectives: Students will learn to consistently evaluate the impact of the                counselor’s presence and interventions on the client’s progress as well as the movement of the counseling relationship.


2. Students will be able to consider the appropriateness, timing, and the impact of specific

counselor techniques used in counseling sessions. Considerations will include planning possible techniques prior to the next client meeting; using a technique in the moment in counseling session; and evaluating the impact of using a technique during a previous counseling session. 


3. Students will offer feedback for their colleague’s counseling work in a constructive way.  Processing the experience of a counseling relationship includes personal reactions and may raise emotions from other significant  relationships or feelings about competencies, self worth and meaningful values. STUDENT  COUNSELORS WILL ADHERE TO STRICT CONFIDENTIALITY STANDARDS regarding the personal information revealed by clients and colleagues.


C. Goal:


1.Students will clearly articulate their personal/professional theoretical orientation.


Objective:  Students will read chosen theories in the original books written by

 authors adhering to a specific set of concepts designed to create client change through counseling. 


Objective:  Students will present cases to peers articulating case

conceptualizations according to chosen theoretical orientation.


Objective: Students will write a professional paper articulating their chosen

theory or combination of theories and will demonstrate use of specific techniques through case examples.












Class Participation/Contribution                                                     required to pass          

Sharing insights regarding theoretical concepts.


Sharing thoughts and reactions regarding your own theoretical orientation and experiences in taped counseling sessions. Offering appropriate feedback regarding theoretical discussions and counseling sessions in ways that are helpful to colleagues.                        


Written Guiding Theoretical Orientation/Case Conceptualization          50%

A paper describing the theoretical orientation that guides your work with clients, including major philosophical beliefs and concepts of client change. Examples of client dynamics and counseling interactions are required. A rubric will be provided.



Client Session Tape: required for faculty review prior to Practicum            50%



Attendance Policy


Receiving supervision and feedback from colleagues is a necessary part of professional growth throughout a counselor’s career. Therefore attendance in class and for therapy sessions is mandatory. The following actions will be taken when an absence occurs:                                                            One absence excused;

                                                 Two excused absence:  grade lowered

 Three excused absences: drop course

                                                 One unexcused absences, grade lowered

                                                 Two unexcused absences, drop course






After the first few weeks of class, students will begin seeing clients. Students will come to class in time to attend their own counseling appointments and to observe at least one other counseling session. Students will take notes for their own sessions and for observed sessions. Appointments will be scheduled at 4, 5, 6 pm.


At 7 pm each week, the class will meet as a whole. Students will offer feedback to each other regarding counseling interventions and client conceptualizations. Students will also present ideas and techniques learned in their separate readings of theory.







August 30                               Review Syllabus, Class Format



September 13                         Role-plays



September 20                         Role-plays                             


September 27



October4                                Start with “real” volunteer clients

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October 11                             Clients

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October 18                             Clients

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October 25                             Clients                                   

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November 1                           Clients

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November 8                           Clients

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November 15                         Clients

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November 22:                                    THANKSGIVING BREAK


November29                          Clients                                   

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December 6                            Clients                       

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                                       PAPER DUE



Volunteer Clients for Developmental Counseling


Developmental counseling involves a client meeting with a counselor to process normal issues that are considered typical of the psychological experience of most people. Developmental issues include the feelings we all experience growing up, family dynamics, identity issues, career concerns, and struggles with problems that we have to resolve to live the life we want to live.


Graduate students who are in training for earning a license as a professional counselor see clients in the clinic in the basement of Ferguson Hall. Counseling rooms are equipped with cameras that record counseling sessions so the students can review tapes and analyze their counseling interactions.


Students can volunteer to see a counselor for as many sessions as they like, though usually clients see a counselor for 3-5 sessions.   


Sign up for Counseling with a graduate student




Telephone #:__________________________________________________


e-mail address that you check daily:______________________________


Counseling sessions will be held on Thursday evenings between 4 and 7 pm.  If you are unable to come on these evenings, every effort will be made to place you with a counselor at another time. Please respond to phone calls or e-mails asap or we will call someone else.


Please choose the best time for you of the times listed below:


Thursday 4:00______________________________________________



Thursday 5:00______________________________________________



Thursday 6:00_______________________________________________


Another day: (please specify day and time)_________________________




Details Fall 2012 10416 170 Group Counseling Dillard College of Business Administration 124
Details Spring 2011 COUN5223 Career Development and Counseling Bea Wood Hall
Details Spring 2011 COUN 5283 Theories and Techniques of Counseling II Bea Wood Hall
Details Spring 2011 COUN 5113 Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Institution Degree Graduation Date
University of Denver BA English 1967
Shippensburg State University M.S. 1972
Rutgers University Ed.D. 1982
Institution Position Start Date End Date
LShippensburg State University Assistant Professor 1982-Aug 1984 Aug
Miami University Psychologist 1984-Aug 1988--July
Iowa State University Psychologist 1988-Aug 2003-Aug
Midwestern State University Associate Professor 2003-Aug Present







Day, S., and Andersen, P.  ( 2004). Acquiring Clinical Judgment. Boston, Massachusetts, Houghton



Andersen, P. and Vandehey, M. (2006). Career Counseling and Development in a Global Economy.

                Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.


Andersen, P. and Vandehey, M. (2011).  Career Counseling and Development in a Global Economy ,(2’nd

                edition). Boston, MA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Publishing. 


Andersen, p. and Vandehey, M (2011). Teacher’s Manual for Career Counseling and Development in a

                Global Economy. Boston, MA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Publishing.



Refereed Journals


Reiher, T.C., Romans, J.S.C., Andersen, P.G., & Chula, M. (1992).   Clients who don't return following

Intake:  A replication and extension. Journal of College Student Development.  Washington D.C.:

ACPA  Publications.


Mosley-Howard, S. and Andersen, P.  ( 1993).   My Vocational Situation: Use with Workers Facing a Plant

                Closing. The Journal of Career Development,  September. Washington D.C.: ACPA Publications.


Invited Articles Online


Andersen, P. (2005) Beyond Test and Tell: The Process of Career Counseling. Lahaska Expressions! October.


Andersen, P. (2006) The Career Diamond: A Teaching Tool Illustrating the Process of Career Counseling. VISTAS, Online and carried by


Andersen, P. (2011). Case Study: A Morman Young Adult. TCDA Directions,, February, 2011.  


Andersen, P. (2012) The Career Diamond. TCDA Directions, ,July, 2012


Invited Review


Andersen, P. (2004). Review of Current Topics in Counseling by Sheri Bauman. Boston, MA.:  Allyn and

 Bacon/Longman Publishers.





Andersen, P. and Stewart, T. (2011).  Advocacy Competencies and Political Savy. Presentation for Texas

                Counseling Association. Austin, Texas  November.


Andersen, P. (2010) Super is Dead!! Long Live Savickas!! Presentation for Texas Counseling Center

                Association. Fort Worth, TX. July.


Andersen, P. (2010). Group Work with an Adlerian Twist.  Presentation for Greenbelt Counselors   Association. Wichita Falls, Texas, January.


Kitchen, Michaelle and Andersen, Patricia (2009). Counseling Issues for Biracial Children. Presentation for                 the annual Texas Counseling Association Conference, Dallas, Texas, November.


Lawson, Lisa; Andersen, Patricia and Midget, Pam. (2007). Friendship Group: A Women’s Residence Hall

                 Program. American Counseling and Personnel Association. Orlando, Florida, March


Kitchen, Michealle and  Andersen, Patricia. (2006). Identity Issues for Biracial Children: What School

                Counselors Need to Know. Texas Counseling Association. San Antonio, Texas, November.

Kitchen, M. and Andersen, P. (2005). Ethics and Psychological Type. Presentation for the annual Texas

                Counseling Association Conference. El Paso, Texas, November.


Andersen, P. and Kitchen, M. ( 2005). The Career Diamond: Illustrating the Career Counseling Process in

 In Times of Change. Round table presentation for National Career Development Association.

Orlando,  Florida, June.


Andersen, P. and Kitchen, M. (2005).  Type Dynamics and the Career Diamond Process. Association for

 Psychological Type APT XVI International Conference. Portland, Oregon, July.


Andersen, P. and Kitchen, M. (2005). MBTI Type and the Career Diamond Process. Poster presentation for

The Association for Psychological Type, APT XVI I International Conference. Portland, Oregon,  July.  


Andersen, P. , Kitchen, M. and Vandehey, M. (2004). Career Services for the Global Economy.

 Presentation for Texas Counseling Association Conference. Fort Worth, Texas,  November.


Andersen, P. and Kitchen, M. (2004). Career Education for the Diverse Workforce in the Global Economy.

                Presentation for annual Multi-Cultural Affairs in Higher Education National Conference, Orlando,

 Florida, March.


Andersen, P. (2001). Career Education and the Global Economy: Implications for Women and Minorities.

 Presentation for annual Women in Educational Leadership Conference.  University of Nebraska,

Lincoln, September. 


Andersen, P., Luedders, C., Baird, J., and Wilson, S. (1995).   Exchanging World Views:  Creating Honest

 Dialogue vs.  Politicized Agendas.  Presentation for the annual convention of the American

 College Personnel Association, Boston, March.


Andersen, P. and Morrison, A.  (1994). Making Groups Meet College Student Needs.  Presentation for the

 Annual Conference of the Big 8 Student Counseling Centers, October. 


Andersen,P.  Zimmerman, J.,  Greenwald, P. (1993). Wild Man, Wild Woman, New Age Male,

 SuperWoman. Presentation for the annual meeting of the American Association Counseling

 Training Agencies. Macantaw Island, Michigan, September.


Andersen, P. and Johnson, S. ( 1993).  The Wild Man Meets the Wild Woman: A Dialogue.  Presentation for

 the annual convention of the American College Personnel Association, Kansas City, March.


Andersen, P. and Winterowd, C. (1993).  Connectedness and Self-Sufficiency; Increasing Sensitivity to

                GenderIssues on Campus.  Presentation for the annual convention of the American College

 Personnel Association, Kansas City, March.


Andersen, P.  Sharp, P. and Worthen, D.  (1992) . Differential Conceptualization for Developmental Career

                Counseling. American Counseling Association, Atlanta March.


Wickwire, J., Lewis, P., Vetter, L., Hansen, S., Andersen. (1992).  Connectedness and Self-Sufficiency:

  Helping Counselors Increase Sensitivity to Gender Issues.  Presentation for the annual meeting

 of the American Counseling Educators Society,  San Antonio, December.


Andersen, P., Evans, S., Finck, R.,  Sharp, P. and Worthen, D. ( 1991). The Diamond Model:  A

 Multifaceted Approach to                Career Counseling".  Presentation for the annual convention of the

 American College Personnel Association.  Atlanta, March.


Andersen. P. and  Chula, M. (1990).  Gender Bias for Client Referrals after Initial Intake.  Presentation for

 the annual convention of the American College Personnel Association,  Atlanta, March.


Andersen, P. and Mosley Howard, S. (1990). Emotional Effects of Plant Closings: Vocational Identity;

 Gender Differences. Presentation for the annual convention of the American Association for

 Counseling and Development.  Cincinnati, March.


Andersen, P. (1983). Survey of Career Services.  Faculty Development Conference. Shippensburg State

                University. PA., February.


Andersen, P. (1979).  Jung, Eastern Philosophy and the Psychology of Women. Conference for the

                Psychology of Women. Douglas College, New Brunswick, October.



Sponsored Presentations


Wisdom, Thomas. Conflict Management Training for Church Organization: A Case Study.

            Southwest American Psychological Association. Fort Worth, March, 2007.


Loder, Andrea. Children and Adolescents in Day Treatment:  Treatment Effects on Depression

 and Anxiety. Fort Worth, March, 2007.


Valerie, Johnson. Friendship Group for Elderly in Assisted Living Residence. Texas Counseling

            Association. November, 2007.